Crisci Associates, May 1, 2017 Issue #670
(5/1/2017)
* House Republicans Adopt A Pass Everything Strategy On Liquor Privatization

House Republicans last week adopted a new strategy on taking the next steps in liquor privatization-- pass everything, including House Speaker Mike Turzai’s “free the wine” proposal.

* State Worker Pension Fund Reduces Return, Adds $1 Billion To Unfunded Liability

The Board of the PA State Employees’ Retirement System Wednesday announced it has reduced the long-term investment rate of return and the inflation assumptions and continued restructuring the public markets portfolio by shifting $2.1 billion into passive investments.

* Campaign Poll Shows Wagner Leading Turzai, Mango

A new poll released by Sen. Scott Wagner's campaign Monday found Wagner leading two other potential challengers for the Republican nomination for Governor-- Wagner 38 percent, House Speaker Mike Turzai 10 percent and Pittsburgh business man Paul Mango 8 percent.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state this week on political topics of interest.

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* Senate Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Legislation

On Wednesday the Senate passed Senate Bill 8 (Folmer-R-Lebanon) providing for what its prime sponsor called “unprecedented asset forfeiture reforms.”

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Wolf Announces New State Investments In Rail Freight Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced new project approvals through the State Transportation Commission totaling more than $40 million in funding that will support an estimated 375 jobs in rail freight projects statewide.

* PA’s Community Colleges Honor 49 Exceptional Students

The PA Commission for Community Colleges Saturday honored the 23rd Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team to recognize an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

* Auditor General Finds Major Problems In Unemployment Compensation Fund

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday said his performance audit of the Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Unemployment Compensation Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund (SIIF) found major accounting and oversight problems that must be corrected immediately.

* PA Bulletin: State Horse Racing Commission

The State Horse Racing Commission formally published its February 28, 2017 Order related to Out-Of-Competition Testing and its March 29, 2017 Order related to adopting the Pylon Rule in the April 29 PA Bulletin.

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